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Wright Integrative Approach

The Six Core Disciplines of Wright Integrative



Wright Integrative Model Diagram



Developmental Theory and Practice

Developmental theory as represented by the work of Sigmund Freud, Erik Erikson, and others cover the ongoing social, emotional, and cognitive development of human beings throughout their lives; the stages of development; how early childhood affects beliefs and behaviors; identity formation; the psychological processes of projection and transference; and the dynamics of self-development and awareness.

Adlerian Psychology

Alfred Adler, a contemporary of Freud, established the role of social relationships in determining both our beliefs and actions. Elements of Adlerian theory include the universal force; personal power and mastery; the importance of birth order; how beliefs are developed in relation to the family of origin; the role of social interests and meaning; and the nature of the overall systematic nature of what Adler called “individual life style.”

Human Potential Theory and Practice

Humanistic psychology began in the 1950s with Abraham Maslow and Carl Rogers (among others) and replaced the pathological model with the concept that human potential is far beyond current performance. Included in this component are the fields of positive psychology, existential theory, systems theory and other areas of study that relate to human potential.

Theory, practice, and research in this area also include inquiry into what really brings fulfillment; how human beings can empower each other; and how limiting beliefs can be challenged and reformulated.

Existential Theory and Practice

This component includes the thinking of both existential philosophers and psychologists such as Jean-Paul Sartre, Søren Kierkegaard, Martin Heidegger, Paul Tillich, and Rollo May. Existential concepts core to transformational leadership and coaching include authenticity; being in the here-and-now; choice; meaning and purpose; and principled leadership and living.

Educational Theory and Practice

This refers to the theories and methodology related to how people learn, change, and transform. Theorists such as Dewey, Vygotsky, and Mezirow identify the core elements that need to be included in any transformational technology.

Neuroscience and Research

Recent technological and diagnostic advances in neuroscience and related research have resulted in new understanding of the how the brain processes and stores information and emotions; the relationship between cognition and emotions; the mediating role of the temporal lobe; and much more. Neuroscientific, behavioral, and other research can be used as never before to effect personal transformation.

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